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How can a person truly love another if hard determinism is true?

Hard determinism does not entail that your love is a chemical reaction in your brain. Hard determinism is roughly the view that : For every event, E2, there is another event, E1, that precedes E2 ...
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How can a person truly love another if hard determinism is true?

If hard determinism is correct then there is no other option so "true" love would be defined as you having the moments you've had and experiencing the corresponding chemical response that you have.
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Is the simulation of emotional states equivalent to actually experiencing emotions?

Different schools of thought within the philosophy of mind would answer your question differently. I will try to describe the answer that each position implies, based on the information from the two ...
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How can a person truly love another if hard determinism is true?

The usual question is whether free will is possible under hard determinism. However, love, particularly romantic love as conceived in the western culture, certainly is not construed as an act of free ...
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Is reductionism in conflict with our sense of awe and wonder?

In his "Lecture on Ethics" Wittgenstein makes some similar points about wonder and miracles, first defining miracles: Let me first consider, again, our first experience of wondering at the ...
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What ethical studies have been performed on what would happen if a government raises kids without parents?

This answer is almost entirely opinion, if it will be permitted. Whose morals, whose ethics, whose values do you believe should be passed down to children, taught to them? Should the government just ...
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How can a person truly love another if hard determinism is true?

Love is a word we have created for an experience or a set of emotions related to something or someone. It is just a word to describe the experience of this cocktail of emotions. The word in itself ...
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If all of us are going to die one day why should we care about the feelings and emotions of others?

Even animals care for their young ones (their feelings and emotions also). This is an already-installed quality in most living things. Haven't you seen mother birds hatching their eggs? Will they ...
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What ethical studies have been performed on what would happen if a government raises kids without parents?

It's hard to find spot-on literature. This is connected with what you are interested in : BEHAVIORIST THOUGHT EXPERIMENT Possibly if we had absolute control over food, sex, shelter, if we had ...
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What ethical studies have been performed on what would happen if a government raises kids without parents?

Consider Plato's idea for how (Guardian) children ought to be raised in the kallipolis and all the objections Socrates' interlocutors find with it. Without a nuclear family, Plato thinks children ...
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Do humans make decisions based on logic or emotions?

Jobermark's answer is very well considered. If I might add a few points : Historically, philosophers have often admired rational, logical thought over emotion. This may be an error. It is very ...
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For a political ruler is it better to be loved or feared?

The question was made famous by Machiavelli's Prince, where he also provided the answer: "The answer is that one would like to be both one and the other; but because it is difficult to combine them,...
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Does enlightenment mean loss of all emotions?

If enlightenment had such a meaning, all the enlightened persons would sit in some corner without doing anything. But enlightened persons realize the truth about this material world. Many ...
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Did Aquinas or Aristotle discuss what happens to the man when he feels bored?

There could be difficulty in finding precise comments by both Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas on 'boredom', as generally conceived as "being weary due to being unoccupied or lacking interest in one's ...
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Is reductionism in conflict with our sense of awe and wonder?

You are talking not about science but the faith of determinism. In the deterministic mindset, everything is made up merely of the physical interaction of objects, which can be subjected to experiments,...
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Is reductionism in conflict with our sense of awe and wonder?

SCIENCE AND THE AESTHETIC ATTITUDE ARE DIFFERENT ... In aesthetic contemplation one considers an object - a natural object or an artefact - in detachment from all practical or explanatory motivations ...
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For a political ruler is it better to be loved or feared?

Since Machiavelli has quite naturally come up (se sia meglio esser temuti piuttosto che amati) let's develop his line of thought. Machiavelli does not address this question in isolation but in the ...
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Would we choose to become psychopaths if we could?

We could but it would not be beneficial for the species First of all, empathy and other social functions exists among other mammals (dogs, wolves, horses, all kind of apes etc ...) . Why have they ...
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The “wisdom of repugnance” is said to be emotivism rather than intuitionism? Why is this?

Short Answer Emotivism is a meta-ethical theory that says that ethical sentences are not truth-bearing propositions, but propositional attitudes expressing emotion. Intuitionism, on the other hand, is ...
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How reliable are our emotions for attaining knowledge?

The idea that emotions are opposed to reason is an Enlightenment dogma; see for example Stephen Toulmin's 1992 Cosmopolis: The Hidden Agenda of Modernity (2500 'citations'):     The principle ...
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Can human consciousness be "felt" without complex emotions?

Yes. Source: personal experience. I have alexythemia, so I can tell you exactly what human consciousness without complex emotions is like. I have emotions, but often do not experience them. Since ...
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Is it true that politicizing mass shootings = appeal to emotion?

I'm assuming you mean is it inherently illogical to use a mass shooting as a reason to repeal gun control? In which case the answer is definitely no. In some cases it can be an appeal to emotion. I ...
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If all of us are going to die one day why should we care about the feelings and emotions of others?

It is indeed a biological imperative to survive and also to procreate, as SonOfThought mentioned, so our biology gives us meaning, but it is a complicated question. Your question is a fundamental ...
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Is the simulation of emotional states equivalent to actually experiencing emotions?

From a computational standpoint, emotions represent global state that influences a lot of other processing. Hormones etc. are basically just implementation. A sentient or sapient computer certainly ...
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Is the simulation of emotional states equivalent to actually experiencing emotions?

In Germany the psychologist Dietrich Doerner some decades ago has set out to incorporate emotions and feelings into artificial beings. See Doerner, Dietrich: Bauplan fuer eine Seele. (1998) (In ...
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How/why did animals/humans started showing kindness?

Keep in mind that genes are causally related to phenomena occurring in many levels at the same time: molecular, cellular, systemic, individual, social, even environmental. The interplay of all these ...
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Is the simulation of emotional states equivalent to actually experiencing emotions?

I can accept the idea of Mario 'learning'. I can even accept the idea that Mario is 'self-aware' within his own environment. But I cannot intuitively accept the idea that Mario is feeling any emotions....
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Have someone already thought about emotions as an autopilot that takes over control as if we coudn't do things ourselves better?

What you are describing is the philosophy of the Stoics, a group of philosophers from Ancient Greece, and later Rome, whose central idea was that the main purpose in life was to live with dignity. ...
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